Arts and Entertainment
Our programs for 2019-2020 focus on people who entertain, inform and educate. They represent various areas of the art world, the performance arena, and our changing culture.
Monday, September 9, 2019
I’m Only Joking – Performer – Mike Larsen, comedian
Mike Larsen plans to start our year off with some PG13 humor. He is a television writer, comedian, ghostwriter and communications strategist. He has written for The Drew Carey Show, Ellen, Two Guys & a Girl, and Grace Under Fire. He sold original comedy pilots to ABC, CBS, FOX and the BBC. He received an Emmy nomination for his writing on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Mike’s most rewarding experience was working with survivors of military sexual assault. He donated time and his skills as a basketball coach to community youth, and he mentored inmates in writing at San Quentin State Prison in California.
Monday, October 14, 2019
NOT YOUR MOTHER’S LIBRARY: How Technology, Mobility, Customer Service, and Great Friends Make a 21st Century Library – Speakers – George Needham and Karen Cowan
George Needham, Director of the Delaware County District Library, will provide a fast-paced overview of the world of the modern library, unabashedly using our very own library as an excellent example. He will introduce some of the new services that you might want to make the most of. Portable Wi-Fi, anyone? Have you heard of the “WePlaySmart” Table?
Karen Cowan, the President of the Friends of the Delaware County District Library, will discuss the vital part that the Friends play in helping the library achieve its goals. There will be quizzes, prizes, and some humor as we consider the library’s role in our community today and in years to come.
Monday, November 11, 2019
Stories of the Columbus Museum of Art: Behind the Scenes – Speaker – Nannette Maciejunes
Nannette began at the Columbus Museum of Art in 1984 as a curatorial research assistant. Prior to that, she was Director of Denison University’s Gallery. She also served as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis. Nannette graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in History of Art and an M.A. with further graduate studies toward a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. She is also a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and the Getty’s Leadership Institute for Museum Management. In 2018, Nannette was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in Ohio State’s Arts Administration, Education and Policy Program. An activity community leader, Maciejunes has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Columbus Art Commission. In 2006, she received the Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in the category of Arts Administration and the South Side Settlement House Spirit of Volunteerism Award. In 2009, Maciejunes was named a YWCA Woman of Achievement.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Candy Cane Gala at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club
Holiday Harmony – Performers – The Village Brass Quintet
In 1982, John Bierley and his father, Paul Bierley, set out to establish a full-time quintet. Their goal was to play in area churches. Soon, they were asked to play at the Ohio Village, thus the name Village Brass. For more than three decades, the quintet played myriad occasions, even for President George H. W. Bush on a “Whistle Stop” train tour. The Village Brass broke that mold to explore ragtime, marches, jazz and more. They have a library of more than 400 pieces of music, many of which were arranged and composed by members of the quintet.
In 2017, the group reorganized in order to play at senior facilities, schools, hospitals and community events in Central Ohio. Each member is active musically. Together, they find a fun and rewarding atmosphere when they share the simple pleasure of playing.
Monday, January 13, 2020
Fashion Trends, Home Styles and Decor, and Real Estate – Speaker – Sherry Paprocki
Sherry Paprocki will discuss both personal and home styles with an emphasis on the latest trends in fashion, home decor and real estate – and how they are related to each other in the Central Ohio market. As a writer and an editor for Columbus Monthly magazine, she has been a constant voice in the art of styling your home, as a reflection of yourself, for much of the last 25 years.
Monday, February 10, 2020
Ten Days in a Madhouse, Nellie Bly – Reenactor – Jennifer Rounds
In the 19th century, Nellie Bly was one of the rare female journalists. She was not content to write quiet, serene articles but focused on sensational stories that would alert her readers to wonders, delights and problems in the world. She investigated a number of areas, one being the insane asylums of the time. Posing as a troubled young woman, she got herself admitted to and lived for 10 days in an asylum. Listen as she tells her story.
Monday, March 9, 2020
An Evening with Belle Coit Kelton – Speaker – Leslie Blankenship
Columbus historian Leslie Blankenship talks about the city’s role in women’s suffrage, including how a prominent mother-daughter team, Elizabeth Coit and Belle Coit Kelton, worked tirelessly to get the right to vote.